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Avoriaz is one of the most distinctive Alpine ski resorts you will probably ever visit, thanks to its futuristic design and dramatic clifftop location

Welcome to  Avoriaz
Avoriaz is built on a shelf high above the town of Morzine, which is among the pioneering towns of skiing with its first lifts dating back to the early 1930s. Today Avoriaz is one of the major French ski destinations catering for all standards of skiing and ranks among the top snowboarding destinations of the world.

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Destination Info

Avoriaz itself is a pretty unique place and a car-free traffic free resort. It’s full of tall buildings with slanted roofs and walls covered in wooden shingles, which are meant to mirror the natural shape of the surrounding mountains. Nestled in the center of the 600km Portes du Soleil area, it’s a dream for all levels of skiers & a paradise for snowboarders. Click into your skis at the door of your accommodation, then set off to explore the huge network of high-altitude blues and reds. If you want, you can also stretch your legs even further by skiing over the border into Switzerland. The resort’s also got you covered if you’re new the mountain – start off in the nursery area right next to the town and then move onto the linked greens and blues down towards Morzine, which is a small Savoyard little village full of life and beautiful chalets linked to Avoriaz also via the Super Morzine Gondola.

Avoriaz has yet more to offer, as also happens to be one of the best resorts in France for off-slopes activities. The Aquariaz water park awaits you to play in a tropical jungle full of waterfalls and slides , or if you’d rather be out exploring the area, strap on some snowshoes and join a walking tour, which can be combined with a dinner in a mountain hut.

Apres Ski

Although Avoriaz is very much a high-altitude resort purpose-built for skiers and snowboarders, it’s really quite a sizeable little town, with all the municipal amenities and facilities one would expect to find in a community of its size. This means there’s plenty to keep non-skiers occupied, while the unique ski-through design of the resort means that all visitors get to experience the thrill of being in the midst of this stunning high Alpine setting together. And with no cars to clutter the place, you get around either on skis, by foot, or by horse-drawn sleigh.The resort hosts several annual international cultural festivals and, during high season, a daily program of events. There are several supermarkets, shopping arcades, spas and beauty clinics, a fabulous tropical-themed aquatic-leisure center, a cinema, tenpin bowling, plus dozens of restaurants and bars.

Après ski is very lively, although venues are somewhat scattered around the various quarters of the resort village. Key après spots include the latest Folie Douce, Shooters, and the English-style pub Le Tavaillon. Plus, there’s a nightclub, called Le Yak, which pushes on for a couple of hours past the general 2AM closing time of most of the other bars.

Adventure activities accessible from the resort include snowmobiling, dog-sled mushing, mountain biking, under-ice lake scuba, and even freefall parachuting from a helicopter. Less adrenaline-fueled alternatives include sledging (floodlit for evening sessions) and ice skating.


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Avoriaz Ski Terrain – Beginners

Avoriaz’s beginner zone is located right in the heart of town, where sunny greens and gentle blues provide a good area for learning. The only issue can be the number of skiers and boarders using the slopes, especially at the start and end of the day as people try to reach the other parts of the resort. Progression on to longer blues is good, especially in the Super Morzine sector and through the trees down to Lindarets and Ardent.

Avoriaz Ski Terrain – Intermediates

The Portes du Soleil is a vast intermediate playground and the local slopes of Avoriaz encapsulate this. In particular, the Arare and Chavenette runs are wide pistes that are great for practicing your turns. Further afield the slopes around Les Crosets on the Swiss side are ideal for intermediate cruising and the long runs down into Morgins are a great option. Although it is a bit more an effort to get to, exploring the tree-lined slopes of Les Gets is well worth it for confident intermediates.

Avoriaz Ski Terrain – Experts

With an average of 8m of snow per season, the slopes are not only the region’s most snowsure, but there is good chance of catching some fresh powder, which is really when the ski area comes alive for advanced and expert skiers and boarders. Head to the long blacks above Prodains or down the infamous Swiss Wall towards Champéry. Avoriaz is also home to one of the best terrain parks in the Alps and the excellent Burton Stash freestyle park in the woods by the Prolays chair.

Avoriaz - Snowboarders

Avoriaz is seen by many as the snowboard capital of Europe. The terrain on offer is more than amazing and will suit every level and style of snowboarder: trees, big cliff drops, powder bowls and easy, wide flats – it’s all here. The Lindarets bowl is accessible for snowboarders of any level and offers fun, off piste runs through the trees. Seasonnaires have long since crowned the Prolays and Star Wars runs as the best there is; and as witnessed by the numbers lined up for the side hits. Avoriaz has long since been recognized as an crucial hub to the history and development of snowboarding in Europe and the resort management are very positive in promoting snowboarding. There is an abundance of good snowparks; 4 snowparks in Avoriaz alone as well as the Burton Stash. Avoriaz is accessible directly from Morzine town (either via the Prodains Express or riding over via Super Morzine) and is centrally located in the Portes du Soleil region, one of the largest international skiing regions in the world.



Elevation between 1300m and 3230m. / Resort height:  1300m – 1850m

■ 600 km of slopes (Three Valleys ski area)

■ 137 lifts

■ 312 km blue

■ 216 km red

■ 72 km black

Day ski pass for Portes Du Soleil : 2022-2023 winter season:

Adults: 62€

Children: 47€

Youth & Senior: 56€

Day ski pass for Avoriaz  : 2022-2023 winter season:

Adults: 50€

Children: 39€

Youth & Senior: 46€

Day ski pass for Morzine  : 2022-2023 winter season:

Adults: 46€

Children: 36€

Youth & Senior: 42€

Nearest airports:                    

■ Geneva→92 km / ~1h40m by car

■ La Ferme de Seraussaix

■ Aquariaz

■ Village Igloo Avoriaz 

■ Skoda Arena Ice Skating Rink


■ Cross-country skiing

■ Paragliding

■ Sleigh rides

■ Snowboarding

■ Snowmobile

■ Snowshoe walking

■ Ski touring